Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace: Live Player Ratings for Spurs

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterJanuary 11, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Jermain Defoe of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane on January 11, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur were a completely different team after the break, responding to a pathetic first half with a two-goal showing in the second frame.

Christian Eriksen opened the scoring in the 50th minute after a neat flick-on by Emmanuel Adebayor, and with 17 minutes remaining substitute striker Jermain Defoe doubled the hosts’ advantage with a well-taken goal following an exquisite through-ball from Aaron Lennon.

The three points mean Spurs temporary leapfrog idle Liverpool into fifth-place in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur Player Ratings
PlayerFirst HalfSecond Half
Lloris78
Walker55
Dawson78
Chiriches67
Rose67
Lennon78
Bentaleb67
Dembele67
Eriksen68
Soldado44
Adebayor46
NaughtonN/A7
DefoeN/A8
ChadliN/A6
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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Roberto Soldado of Spurs reacts after a missed chance on goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion on December 26 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Gett
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First-half analysis

Lloris: Claimed three crosses but didn’t always look all that confident between the sticks.

Walker: Being absolutely dominated by Bolasie.

Dawson: Distribution has been poor, but he’s had to cover for Chiriches.

Chiriches: Awful first half punctuated by giveaway that led to the Palace penalty.

Rose: Reminding everyone that Spurs need to sign a left-back.

Lennon: A rare bright spot for the hosts, and had a decent effort blocked by Delaney.

Bentaleb: Struck the post from distance.

Dembele: His passing completion rate of 93% masks a poor first half in which he gave the ball away far too often.

Eriksen: Looks uncomfortable out on the left.

Soldado: Who?

Adebayor: (Read above)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Jermain Defoe (L) of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his goal with Aaron Lennon during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane on January 11, 2014 in London, England.  (
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Second-half analysis

Lloris: Made just two saves but looked confident on corners and crosses.

Walker: Limped off in the 48th minute and was replaced by Naughton.

Dawson: Defensively sound, but not always convincing on the ball.

Chiriches: Improved drastically after a forgettable first half.

Rose: Better after the restart, but left-back remains a problem position for this team.

Lennon: Earned an exceptional assist on the Defoe goal.

Bentaleb: Touched the ball 119 times and completed 93 per cent of his passes.

Dembele: Second-best to Bentaleb in the midfield, but he cut out the mistakes in the second half.

Eriksen: An important, composed opener from the Denmark international.

Soldado: Was withdrawn in the 58th minute after an anonymous display.

Adebayor: Nice flick to Eriksen on the Spurs opener, but hardly put in a full, 90-minute performance.

Naughton: Played in a delightful, arching ball to Adebayor ahead of the Eriksen goal.

Defoe: Scored his first Premier League goal of the season.

Chadli: Received treatment for an injury after running into the advertising boards shortly after coming on in the 76th minute.